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My Name Is Not Easy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Beautiful Told

    A multi-voice telling that pulls the reader in and enfolds one as it unfolds onto a story that is by turns tragic and hopeful, sad and funny. An important book, full of stories that have not been told elsewhere.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

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    SIblings Luke, Bunna, and Isaac are sent to a Catholic-run board

    SIblings Luke, Bunna, and Isaac are sent to a Catholic-run boarding school in the early 1960s because their small Inupiaq village town doesn't have a school for them to attend. The clash of Indian, Eskimo, and white values is immediate and almost universally unkind or unjust toward non-whites. The title of the book refers to the fact that students were not allowed to use their Indian or Eskimo names, nor were they allowed to speak their native language. FIve characters tell the story over a five-year period during which Isaac is sent to live with an adoptive family and some of the students are made to drink iodine as a military experiment. First romance, sorrow, and some joy all take a part in this book. A good read to increase knowledge of Eskimo and Indian rights, with a smooth transition to a comparison with the Civil Rights movement happening at the same time in the lower 48 states. The author's personal connection with the Inupiaq culture comes through in this wonderful tale.

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